During the Vedic period it is no wonder that the places that we see in the world today existed. One such place is Australia. There are evidences and archeological findings to support the factor that people from India migrated to Australia several thousand years ago. Dr Raghavendra Rao, an anthropology expert in his recent DNA research study evidence the link between the Indians and a group of Australian people. Humans to Australia arrived through migration by taking the southern coastal route through India. In the research the prediction of a common ancestor about 50,000 years ago existed who was the link between the Indian population and the Aboriginal Australians.

Could Astralaya possibly be the real name of Australia?

Coming to the fact on how Australia got its name. Matthew Flinders, who was a European explorer, reached the Australian continent. He took the credit in naming the continent as Australia. There is no way that he would have come up with that name randomly. It should have been the case that people in the continent should have used a phonetically similar word to denote their continent. Matthew should have used that name and come up with the name Australia.

According to Sanskrit naming terminologies, Alaya is a word that is used to denote home or place. When Alaya is mixed up with a word it become attribute name which denotes the home/place of that particular attribute. Some of the examples of attribute names are as follows.

Devalaya – Devalaya is a place of God
Vidhyalaya – Vidhyalaya is a place where knowledge is thought
Himalaya – Himalaya is the home of Ice

In the similar manner Australia was called as Asthra + Alaya = Asthralaya which means a place of Asthras. So now what is an asthra? Asthras are powerful weapons used in the ancient world during the wars. The detailed list and types of asthras used in ancient India are available in this link(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astra_(weapon)). In the ancient world this land – Asthralaya was isolated from the other lands, so it was used for preparation of various Astras and was also used as a testing ground of their Astras. Due to the high radiation that was emitted because of this testing, we can find unusual creatures everywhere in this land. Even today the central part of Australia is a desert and there is no proper growth of anything found there.

Considering the above facts, Asthralaya would have been the real name of today’s Australia. It will still remain a theory until we have a strong evidence to provide this fact.

References about places in Australia from Ramayana

There are also references in Ramayana, one of the ancient epics of India with references to usage of various astras during their battle. Also there is a verse from Ramayana that possibly refers to the Gympie Pyramid located close to Brisbane. When Sita was abducted by King Ravana, Rama goes in search of Sita. When he met King Sugriva, he directs his units in all the four directions in search of Sita. The route that the units headed east of India in search of Sita is Java. The actual verse from Valmiki Ramayana that refers to this ‘Yava Dvipam’ (Yava Island) is as follows:

यत्नवन्तो यव द्वीपम् सप्त राज्य उपशोभितम् |
सुवर्ण रूप्यकम् द्वीपम् सुवर्ण आकर मण्डितम् || 4-40-30||

Translation:
“You strive hard in the island of Yava, which will be splendorous with seven kingdoms, like that even in Golden and Silver islands that are enwreathed with gold-mines, in and around Yava islands.

As mentioned in the above verse, after crossing an ocean towards eastern direction of Java and Indonesia is the only land and that is Australia and beyond that if we go further we can reach Polynesian Islands.  Sage Vyasa who is the author of Ramayana in his verses mentions about a gigantic structure which looks similar to ‘Kailasha’. The verses from Ramayana are as follows:

गृहं च वैनतेयस्य नानारत्नविभूषितम्।
तत्र कैलाससङ्काशं विहितं विश्वकर्मणा।।4.40.40।।

Translation:

“There you will see a house of Garuda constructed by Visvakarma. It looks like the Kailasa Mountain and is adorned with different kind of gems.”

Idols of Vedic Gods found in Australia

The structure mentioned in the above verses should possibly be the Gympie Pyramid that exists even today in Queensland that is about 120 Km away from Fraser island. The author Valimki also mentions that if you pass the Gympie Pyramid you can see a shore white in color and has a shape of necklace. In the modern world this reference should be Brisbane, the coast off the shores. The Vishwakarma that the verses mention is an architect who builds gigantic structures and cities all over the world.  There were also many idols and artifacts found in Gympie of the ancient Vedic Gods. Another interesting question that comes to our mind is how Valmiki, the author of Ramayana was able to get into such perfect details without even visiting the place.

The BBC article referred in the reference section has even more interesting details on the introduction of dingo to Australia. Even in the history and today’s world Australia is always isolated without any direct link with the outside world. However it is an interesting factor to see the strong link between Australia and India. References also mention about the existence of gold and iron mines in Australia. Even today we can see lots of Iron mines and iron extraction happening in Australia. This can also be an added factor to the fact that Australia was the land for making and testing asthras by ancient Indians.

References:

http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-21016700
http://www.science20.com/news_articles/australian_aborigines_were_once_indians_study
http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/connections/Australia-and-Oceania.php

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